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    Racing Ralph SS vs none SS

    I have recently switched from 29 x 2.25 none snake skin RR to a snake skin RR on the front and have noticed some difference. The tire is very harsh and lacks the grip of the none snake version tire has. I have lowered the psi from 27 to 25 and it still will not hook up. I think the stiffer side wall is to blame for this. I will try it at 22 psi and see what happens. Has anyone else found this to be the case?

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    Quote Originally Posted by blooper
    I have recently switched from 29 x 2.25 none snake skin RR to a snake skin RR on the front and have noticed some difference. The tire is very harsh and lacks the grip of the none snake version tire has. I have lowered the psi from 27 to 25 and it still will not hook up. I think the stiffer side wall is to blame for this. I will try it at 22 psi and see what happens. Has anyone else found this to be the case?

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    The Snakeskin casing is stiffer. I have not ridden the standard version but I had no traction issues with the SS RR. I did have them at 20-22 psi on Gordo rims (180 lb rider).
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    I will try the lower pressure. I run the snake skin in the rear with no problems. Thanks shiggy.

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    Is the SS 2.4 out yet?

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    Interesting point. I love the RR 2.25 (non-SS) on the front. I think I will replace my rear with the SS version, but not the front. Personally, I cannot think of the last time I had a sidewall tear on the front anyway (knock on wood).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishlips
    Personally, I cannot think of the last time I had a sidewall tear on the front anyway (knock on wood).
    NOW YOU'VE DONE IT. why would you go and anger the flat gods like that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clink
    Is the SS 2.4 out yet?
    Not announced as being made any time soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by clydeone
    NOW YOU'VE DONE IT. why would you go and anger the flat gods like that?
    Its all cool, I knocked on wood. That counteracts any bad voodoo. Or maybe I just made it worse.

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    how do you feel about this tire as a rear tire ,SS or non SS version, for a HT SS?

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    Not announced as being made any time soon
    :-(

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    what's the weight difference btw SS and non-SS tyres?

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    I think mine are 50 grams heavier than the none snake skin. If memory serves me correct 580g none ss and 630g for the ss version. I don't remember the numbers exactly.

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    A while back I posted a similar thought on this but it was comparing the 26X2.25 EVO non snakeskin NN to a new version 2.25 Fat Albert (which only come in snakeskin). I loved the NN but the fragile sidewall was too easy to shred- so I went to the FA's and found that they did not seem to offer as much give over smaller trail obst. and general traction (at least at the same pressures). Because I was not sure if I could attribute it to the different tread or the side wall I never looked too far into it...

    As mentioned the snakeskin seems fine on the rear as I never noticed as much but once you run the EVO not SS version on the front you can really feel a difference-

    Moral of the story is if you have never tried the EVO non SS stay away from it and go right to the numb feeling SS version.... you'll never know what your missing and smile in complete and utter blissful ignorance
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishlips
    Interesting point. I love the RR 2.25 (non-SS) on the front. I think I will replace my rear with the SS version, but not the front. Personally, I cannot think of the last time I had a sidewall tear on the front anyway (knock on wood).
    I'd very much like to try this combo.
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